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Students must apply to the Fine Arts Center and may be invited to audition for their selected program. Learn more about requirements and our timeline here. 

Our state of the art facilities equip students in their particular medium.




FAC staff and administration are knowledgeable and committed to students’ success. Our faculty are working artists with extensive backgrounds in the areas that they teach.

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Students must apply to the Fine Arts Center and will then be invited to audition for their selected program. Learn more about requirements and our timeline here. 


Students at the Fine Arts Center are interested in the arts and wish to take an intensive pre-professional program of study. Students apply and are selected on the basis of skill, interest, and commitment to their discipline. 91.5% of the students go on to higher education. Each graduating class of Fine Arts Center students has averaged over $10 million in scholarship offers in recent years. 

Fine Arts Center classes offer advanced comprehensive arts instruction in the areas of architecture, theatre, dance, visual arts, music, creative writing, or filmmaking. Classes at the Fine Arts Center are in session five days a week, in the morning or afternoon, and students receive academic instruction from their home high school. 

Greenville County School District students may attend the Fine Arts Center tuition free. We also offer reliable transportation to and from every GCS high school.  We actively work to expand access to arts education for students who live in communities where exposure and resources are limited. We raise funds through our nonprofit, the Fine Arts Center Partners, that go directly to students within our community and cover anything from class fees to field trip expenses. 


The Fine Arts Center of Greenville, SC was established in August of 1974 as the first specialized arts school in the state of South Carolina and was housed in the former Hattie Duckett Elementary School, which was renovated to fit the physical needs of the program.

In 2006, the Fine Arts Center was opened in the new location on Pine Knoll Drive. The facility is state-of-the-art and features a dance studio with a sprung floor, a Black Box Theatre, and various specialized visual arts studios for ceramics, metal works, photography, and fiber arts to name a few.  

Over the years, the student population has grown from 180 students to over 450, with students coming from all 15 Greenville County High Schools. The Faculty consists of teaching artists who are at the highest level of their field, and who all maintain their artistic practice while teaching at the FAC. 

“I will forever be indebted to the Fine Arts Center for preparing me with the resources I needed to start my career head and shoulders above the rest.”

– Betsy Bishop
Juilliard professor of voice, award winning opera singer

“Before the Fine Arts Center, I’d never experienced school spirit or pride; I’d never felt a teacher truly care and help mold something they saw in a student. I consider the time I spent learning at the FAC to be some of the most challenging and invaluable training I’ve received, and the friends I made there are friends for life!”

– Marcus King
GRAMMY® Award Nominated singer/songwriter


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